Like so many Americans, I’ll take any excuse to spend a few days in Mexico City—who can resist a weekend of seafood tostada, breezy bookstores, and the city’s always-evolving boutique hotel scene? This fall, on my way to Oaxaca, I stopped in the city for a few days to stay at the recently opened Casa Polanco.
A few staple pieces made it easy for me to bounce from one activity to the next, even when I didn’t have time to stop by the hotel and freshen up. Because the weather in Mexico City tends to run moderate but dry, I packed outfits that helped me roll with temps that varied from cooler in the mornings and evenings to warm and sunnier mid-day: wide-legged pants, sheer long-sleeve tops, and light layers I could strip down to when the sun beat its hardest.
Below, the essentials I packed that were comfortable yet put together enough to sidle my way through effortlessly cool throngs of chilangos—and the always polished guests in Casa Polanco’s lobby.
Where I stayed:
In the upscale Polanco neighborhood, this renovated Spanish Revival-style mansion—a 2023 Hot List winner—is an all-too-easy place to land each night. It’s walking distance from fantastic restaurants—if you’re trying to check Quintonil or Pujol off your list—but it’s also perfectly positioned for iced-coffee-in-hand walks through Chapultepec Park each morning or a visit to the very cool Casa Luis Barragán. And the vibes, posh as Polanco can be, are laidback at this hotel—I savored retreating to my balcony for a glass of Mexican wine after a long day out and about, before re-emerging for dinner. I’ll definitely be booking a massage in the rooftop cabana next time I’m in town (especially if I clock another late night spinning around Mama Rumba in Roma Norte).